THE ROVERS returned to their winning form against a resilient RPFC (Richmond Park London) side as two goals from Facundo Barreto in the second half sends us into the next round of the London Junior Cup.
Having lost two games in the league, the Rovers entered the second round of the London Junior Cup looking to boost morale and test new players. Playing at Clapham Common, home team RPFC kept us at bay as the 1st half ended goalless.
Facundo Barreto, who scored the first goal last weekend in the league defeat against Sporting 50, was subbed-in on the 50th minute and we adjust our formation to 4-4-2. Arber and Facundo partnered up front for 5 minutes before Joshua was subbed-in in place of Arber. Facundo broke the deadlock in the 71th minute through a corner. He received a caution 3 minutes into injury time but also all but ended RPFC's hopes with his second on the 96th minute to round off the game 2-0 to the Rovers.
It was a good debut match for Faisal and Arber, while George gave everything during his 65 minutes, while Jake continued to recover his form after an injury last month.
The Rovers thwarted all offensive threats by RPFC London as they had little chance on goal. The result makes it two consecutive wins in the cup as we progress into the 3rd round, and a good win ahead of another cup game next weekend against Alford Reserves.
Petar made several changes from the team that started in the loss against Sporting 50 last week. With Ilija on holiday and Serra out injured, Barbod got is first call-up into the first team in goal. Jason, Abraham, Jonathan, and Jake lined up in defense, with Abraham standing in as centre back in place of Amin, who could not make it due to personal commitments. Jie captained the side in the centre of the midfield with Faisal, returning to the Rovers after leaving the country last year, partnered him in midfield. Giorgio, Juan, and George took their places behind the striker as new recruit Arber led the line up front. Leading striker Joshua, Facundo, and the returning Brandon White all waited from the bench.
Chelsea Rovers (4-3-3) Barbod; Jason, Abraham, Jonathan, Jake; Jie (c), Faisal, George, Juan, Giorgio; Arber
Subs: Joshua, Facundo, Brandon
Scorers: Facundo x 2